Dear Parents / Guardians,
On behalf of all the staff, I thank our families for their tremendous efforts again during remote and flexible learning in Term 3. With all students back on-site at the end of Term 2, I’m sure we were all looking forward to a seamless return to school.
Unfortunately, the reverse happened.
Having the wisdom of hindsight however and newly learned practices, we were quickly able to adapt and respond to the changing circumstances.
I would like to again reiterate my appreciation to all staff for their amazing work and extraordinary level of commitment and care for the students in their charge.
Again, most students have worked hard to engage positively in the remote learning environment, continuing to show their stamina and resilience. They are to be commended for this.
This has also been a challenging time for parents, with many having to adapt to work changes and reduced hours, but for most, their children’s ongoing education has been a priority. We are extremely grateful for the time that you have invested in your children and for your support with the current restrictions.
We will continue to advise families of information pertaining to the staged return to school, as soon as information is forwarded to us from The Department of Education.
We wish our families all the best during the term break.
As you are aware, the Victorian Government has released its plan for easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. It includes the following decisions about school operations:
On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided consistent with existing guidelines.
All students from Grade 3 to Year 10 in Metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning. A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice. Please note, with remote and flexible learning continuing for the above cohorts, it is imperative that children engage in their learning.
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) states that it is the duty of parents to enrol a child of not less than 6 nor more than 17 years of age in a registered school and ensure that the child attends school at all times when the school is open for instruction.
The school will continue to provide support to parents regarding student engagement in learning.
The Department of Education will provide further advice to schools in the coming days. We will inform our families as soon as this comes to hand.
A reminder that our Curriculum Day is set for Thursday 22nd October. Whilst the teachers will be engaging in professional learning, this is a pupil free day for all students.Friday 23rd October is the pre-grand final public holiday. Therefore students will not be required to attend school until Monday 26th October.
Although not in the manner that we are usually accustomed, we were pleased to be able to offer a modified version of our Prep Information Session via a Zoom call.As the possibility of on-site information sessions is still yet to be determined, we have recorded the formal part of the presentation so that others, who were not able to attend can access the information. We invite parents to contact the office if they would like to know more.
Once again, we regret that we weren’t able to offer our usual tradition of a Father’s day stall, in any way, shape or form due to the Stage 4 restrictions.We do hope however that all our dads, grandads and carers were able to enjoy the day, albeit a little differently than usual. I know that the children, either on-site or remotely were able to still enjoy making their various cards and gifts.
Hi to everyone in the SWPS community,
I hope everyone is well as we head toward the likely end of the Stage 4 lockdown period in metropolitan Melbourne over the next few weeks.
I hope some of our families have been able to see the fantastic landscaping undertaken recently, it has given the school a great refresh when entering the school from Cornish Street.
As we head toward the end of Term 3 and as always, thanks to all school staff for their fantastic work in supporting students and their families during the current learning from home model. Thanks also to the school staff who led and the parents who assisted with the recent Prep Information session that was held online via Zoom.
Enjoy the school holidays (and open playgrounds!), stay safe everyone and I bet there are many excited kids and parents looking forward to the return of face to face schooling throughout Term 4.
SWPS School Council President
We have been looking at mixtures and the reactions that solids and liquids have when they mix together. Here are our results from our Walking Rainbow experiment using water, food colouring and paper towel.
They look so colourful! The kids at school had to do it twice because our first attempt didn't work. But like true scientists they made some adjustments and it worked!
We also have our Balloon Blow Up experiment using vinegar, bicarb soda and a balloon. We had lots of fun watching this mixture make our balloons blow up!
During Remote Learning the Preps have been doing a unit on time.
One of the activities was to make an analogue clock.
Here are some of their efforts.
The P – 2 students have been very busy creating things from paper this term. Each week we have looked at a different type of construction technique. Loops, fan folding and fringing have been explored. Here are photos of some of the things they have created.
The Grade Ones and Twos have been learning about adjectives. Here are some of their clever poems!
The Grade Ones and Twos have been super clever. To help learn about multiplication they have made their own array cities! Can you see the arrays in all the buildings? Look at the other arrays they found too! They have been solving lots of problems and showing their thinking.
The Grade 3/4s have been working on plants in their Inquiry lessons so what better way to get creative than using some elements in art too! The 3/4s had to go searching in their backyards for anything they could use in a piece of artwork and the results were fantastic! Take a look…
Students explored nets of 3D shapes and had to design and construct their own 3D shape to make a Father’s Day gift box.
Our 3/4s are such good mathematicians they investigated capacity, they found 10 products inside their house of varying shapes and sizes and ordered them from smallest capacity to largest capacity.
Take a look.
Mrs Langman, Mr Payton and Miss Williams
This week in Literacy we have been reading and writing Haiku poems. We have read and analysed different examples and identified the characteristics of Haiku poems. We learnt the main feature is the 5-7-5 syllable structure where the first and last lines have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7.
We also had a go at creating our own Haiku poems based on a topic of our choice. We hope you enjoy reading them!
Stephanie Barnes, Chelsea O'Meara and Eric Penny
During remote learning, the Preps to Year 2 have been learning colours in Japanese. They have learnt the colours- red, blue, orange, pink, green, yellow, and purple. Students have sang songs, learnt the Japanese sign language for the colours and also had a go at writing in Japanese.
Parents, carers and teachers, together with the children, need to work in partnership to ensure successful remote learning experiences. Some tips to consider:
Follow the learning schedule but build a plan that works for your child and family, adapting time and gradually building the learning stamina of your child.
Remember, the key is flexible learning, especially as all children learn differently. Allow your child to pace themselves according to their need. Ensure that you allow for break times and fresh air.
Be ready to adapt and adjust where needed. Changes to the day might mean that you need to modify a task because of the way it’s presented or submitted, or you may just need to modify the timing to complete it.
Don’t stockpile unfinished work. It’s important to complete and submit work, but don’t get bogged down in a backlog of unfinished tasks. This just causes stress for everyone. Keep moving forward.
Focus on the important and build up slowly. Try to encourage a Literacy and Numeracy task each day. If something is challenging, look at it a different way or take a mental break and come back to it.
Focus on the things your child loves. If they are really motivated and engaged in a task, roll with it. Show interest and encouragement as you go, asking probing questions to foster deeper thinking.
Connect with the teacher and peers. Interaction with others is important for social and emotional wellbeing.
Ask for help. Your child’s teacher is always willing and able to assist with and support your child’s learning needs.
Try and balance between technology, hands on and written tasks. We all need to be mindful of online fatigue.
And remember……everyone is doing the best that they can!
Stay positive, healthy and safe!
Further information for parents can be found in the links below.